Zambia is most famous as being one half of the home of Victoria Falls, but it is also a bucket list destination in its own right. It’s the spiritual home of walking safaris, with top notch game reserves and unspoilt bush beauty. Being the safari region less visited, it has the advantage of a very light human footprint and plenty of game unaffected by the daily arrival of game vehicles.
The Luangwa Valley in eastern Zambia has long been regarded as one of Africa’s finest wildlife regions. Clustered around the Luangwa River are three national parks. Our once-in-a-lifetime walking safari takes place in the southernmost of the three, South Luangwa.
Concentrations of game along the Luangwa River and its lagoons are among the most intense in Africa. The river teems with crocodile and hippo while large populations of giraffe, elephant and Cape buffalo, often numbering into the hundreds, are found in the surrounding bush.
In the best known African park for walking safaris, welcome to the Ultimate South Luangwa walking safari experience.
Welcome to the mecca for African walking safaris! You'll be met at Lusaka Airport and escorted onto your domestic flight to Mfuwe. At Mfuwe airport, you'll be met by your safari guide who will drive you deep into South Luangwa to Luwi Bush Camp. Luwi is a charmingly rustic camp set in the shade of huge mahogany trees on the banks of a permanent lagoon. Because of its remote location there are not many roads in the area, so your game viewing activities are all on foot. This makes Luwi one of the most enthralling camps in Zambia.
Your guide will introduce you to the armed escort/scout who will take you on your first walking safari. As you wander, he'll point out the tracks and signs that he uses to interpret the bush you're walking through, teaching you a lot about game tracking. This is just a taste of what's to come - it's no gentle stroll through a country meadow; this is the real deal!
On your second morning at Luwi you will head out from camp for a long but gentle bush walk to your next camp destination, Nsolo. It takes approximately 3 hours to walk from Luwi to Nsolo. Your guide will take you along the path of the river with plenty of game viewing on the way.
Nsolo is a remote, thatched camp situated on a bend in the Luwi River. You'll be welcomed with a well-deserved cool drink before sitting down to a hearty brunch. Your bags will have already made their way to your room in a cosy thatched hut, your home for the next two nights.
After two nights at Nsolo, you'll once again leave camp on foot with your guide and make your way to your next stop, Kakuli Camp, located on the confluence of the Luwi and Luangwa rivers. This walk takes about 4 hours. Along the way you'll pass a stretch of the Luangwa River that is home to over 500 hippo.
While this camp is still excellent for walking safaris, there are more roads in the area so you'll have the option to go on a game drive instead. The region is home to a dense population of leopards, making night game drives a usually very rewarding experience.
After all that walking you'll be ready for some creature comforts, which is exactly what you'll get at Mchenja Bush Camp. Tucked away in a grove of ebony trees that give the camp its name, Mchenja is on a bend in the Luangwa River, perfectly located for watching the herds of elephant that cross over here.
If you've missed out on a few animals on your safari-spotting list, you'll have excellent opportunity to see them here. Relax in the swimming pool and enjoy delicious meals under the canopy of trees in the daytime or under the starry sky at night.
It's time to say goodbye to your ultimate walking safari and tick that one off your bucket list, as you catch a flight back to Lusaka to connect with your international flight home.